PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES SERVES: 8
I love serving these 'moons' for a simple dessert at a dinner party or at a picnic. Kids and teens love them too and you can breathe easily knowing they are a healthy sweet fix; the fibre from the dates and unsweetened coconut plus the protein from the nuts will slow down the absorption of the fructose = less mood swings and naughty kid behaviour!
Brazil nuts are a rich source of selenium and according to Harvard Health publications, this mineral plays a role in the prevention of prostate cancer.
Medjool dates are high in dietary fibre which helps to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol - especially important for heart health
1 cup of Brazil nuts
1 1/4 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut plus extra for the topping
8 Medjool dates
Zest and juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Pinch of Celtic sea salt
- Put all the ingredients into a food processor (not a blender) and grind up until a rough ball of dough has formed
- Pinch the dough making sure it sticks together in your fingers and If it is too dry and falls apart, simply water a teaspoon at a time until it sticks together. If it is too wet, just add more shredded coconut, a teaspoon at a time
- Scrap the dough out of the blender onto a clean surface and tear off about a tablespoon amount and roll into a moon shape
- Finally, roll each moon around in the extra shredded coconut and then find a pretty bowl to display your lovely coconut moons on